People in East Anglia will have a chance to see the spectacular flypast to celebrate the 100th birthday of the RAF before it passes over London.
On 10 July, up to 100 RAF aircraft will perform the flypast over Central London, passing over Buckingham Palace at 1pm.
Historic aircraft, including Spitfires, will join some of the RAF’s most advanced aircraft in the largest concentration of military planes seen together in recent memory.
The planes will line up over Suffolk before heading to the capital.
The RAF100 flypast will begin to form up over Suffolk to the west of Ipswich at around 12:45, skirting to the south of Ipswich itself, travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Colchester.
The formation will pass to the north of Colchester, heading towards Marks Tey, Kelvedon and Witham before passing to the north and east of Chelmsford.
The formation will continue in the same south-westerly direction, crossing the M25 to fly over Stapleford Abbotts and Hainault Forest and on to Central London.
The route to Buckingham Palace will see the formation pass over the London Borough of Redbridge, Wanstead, Leyton, the Olympic Park, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and the City of London before the lead elements fly up The Mall and over the Palace at 13:00.
The final aircraft in the flypast will fly over Buckingham Palace at 13:09.
The mass display will feature a range of aircraft, marking different eras of the RAF’s 100-year service history, and will include the first opportunity for the general public to see the RAF’s next generation aircraft, the Lightning (to be confirmed).
Ahead of the flypast itself there will be a parade of 1,000 RAF personnel and another 300 lining the route through central London.
This once-in-a-lifetime flypast will provide an iconic centrepiece for the RAF100 celebrations. In our centenary year we are commemorating those that have come before us, celebrating our current personnel and, ultimately, inspiring a new generation to write the next chapters in the RAF’s story. While the aircraft in the skies on July 10 will offer a striking visual representation of the United Kingdom’s air power throughout the RAF’s existence, it is also important to remember that there is a large and multi-skilled team behind every aircraft participating.
Here's a list of the places taking part in tomorrow's flypast.
Lightning – the RAF’s next generation fast jet
Puma – the RAF’s advanced medium-sized, medium lift transport helicopter
Chinook - the twin-rotor heavy lift helicopter
Juno – the new training helicopter which has replaced the Squirrel
Jupiter – the new advanced training helicopter which has replaced the Griffin.
Dakota - the Berlin Airlift transporter which helped to move nearly 9,000 tons of essentials
Lancaster – the iconic Bomber Command veteran aircraft; one of only 2 airworthy Lancaster’s in the world
Hurricane – the battle-hardened workhorse of WWII Fighter Command
Spitfire - the iconic Battle of Britain fighter. The Spitfire was produced in larger numbers than any other aircraft before or since
Prefect – the new Elementary Flying Training aircraft which has replaced the Tutor
Tucano – the RAF’s long-serving basic fast jet flying training aircraft
Shadow – the RAF’s advanced intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft
Hercules – the workhorse of Britain’s tactical military air transport and humanitarian capabilities. First operational in the RAF over 50 years ago
Atlas A400M – the RAF’s new, cutting-edge strategic air transport aircraft
C-17 – the key to Britain’s global strategic air transport capabilities
BAe 146 – the RAF’s short-range personnel transport and logistical support aircraft
Sentinel – the RAF’s world-leading battlefield surveillance and intelligence gathering aircraft
Voyager – the state-of-the-art air-to-air refuelling and global passenger transport aircraft
Rivet Joint – the mainstay of Britain’s aerial electronic signals intelligence gathering capability
E-3D Sentry – the battle-proven airborne early warning and command and control platform. An air traffic control system in the sky
Hawk T1 – the RAF’s advanced fast jet pilot training aircraft
Hawk T2 – the latest version of the RAF’s long-serving Hawk fast jet trainer
Tornado GR4 – the RAF’s longest-serving strike and reconnaissance fast jet
Typhoon – the backbone of Britain’s air attack and quick reaction capabilities
Red Arrows – the RAF’s elite aerobatic team